Hawks free agent Vince Carter’s 2020 NBA game will make him the first to play in 4 different decades
Atlanta Hawks’ free agent forward Vince Carter could become the first player in NBA history to play in four different decades.
The Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN’s official Twitter account) posted this fact on Thursday. If he plays a game 2020, he achieves the feat.
— ESPN (@espn) June 7, 2019
The 42-year-old Carter has played for eight different teams over the course of his 22-year NBA career. He has suited up for the Toronto Raptors, the then-New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, and Hawks.
Carter recently told the “Winging It” podcast (via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore) “I’m coming back” for a 22nd season.
Carter said at his exit interview following this season, his first with the Hawks in a storied career, that he always gives his current team the initial opportunity to re-sign him.
Carter said during the season that he likes to take time after the season that he likes to take time after the season to think and discuss with his family about whether to keep playing.
Hawks management has not said publicly whether they would like to re-sign Carter.
With that in mind, the chances of Carter becoming the NBA’s first four-decade player are high. Some of the NBA’s icons, namely Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki, retired this season.
Next season Vince Carter will become the first NBA player to have played across FOUR DECADES! pic.twitter.com/itn6QjLpSF
— Basketball Forever (@Bballforeverfb) March 8, 2019
Carter and Nowitzki entered the league in the same year (1998). Nowitzki played his entire 21-year NBA career with the Dallas Mavericks. He could’ve become a four-decade player but fell short by a few months. Vince Carter is ready to take that title.